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Driving Licence and Towing

Do you need an additional driving licence to tow a caravan or trailer?

If you have passed your driving test within the last 20 years, you may need to take a further test to enable you to tow a braked trailer. But it’s not as simple as that, brief details are as follows:

Drivers must hold a full driving licence to tow anything.

Most drivers who passed their test before 1 January 1997 have licence categories B+E allowing them to drive a vehicle and trailer/caravan with a combined weight of up to 7,000kg maximum authorised mass (MAM). The trailer or caravan must not exceed 3,500kg MAM.

Drivers who passed their test since 1 January 1997 are only allowed to drive a vehicle up to 3,500kg MAM and tow a trailer up to 750kg MAM. It is also possible tow a trailer over 750kg MAM as long as the combined MAM of the trailer and towing vehicle is no more than 3,500kg.

To be able to tow combinations outside this ruling requires the passing of an additional test to obtain Categories B+E.

This information is not a definitive statement of law. Please refer to your individual drivers’ license to confirm your personal entitlement and seek advice from the DVLA and the professional bodies where necessary

Details of the necessary licensing details and towing laws can be found on the UK Government Towing Guidelines

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